On Thursday, March 12, 2009, New York University's Center for Global Affairs hosted His Excellency Samir Sumaida'ie, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States, as part of its ongoing public forum 'Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir.' Ambassador Sumaida'ie and Professor Ben-Meir discussed political developments and domestic security in Iraq, challenges the country faces for democratization and progress made toward this goal, and Iraq's relationship with its neighbors in the Middle East.In this engaging and provocative series, Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations, journalist, and author, hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them. Previous guests have included the Ambassadors of Syria and Egypt to the United States, among other distinguished dignitaries.H.E. Samir Sumaida'ie was appointed Iraq's Ambassador to the United States in April 2006. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Sumaida'ie served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations from July 2004 -- April 2006. Ambassador Sumaida'ie has also served as the Minister of Interior in Baghdad. In this capacity he managed a domestic security force of over 120,000 and made considerable progress in reorganizing and modernizing the Ministry's operations. In addition, Ambassador Sumaida'ie served as a member of the Governing Council (GC) in Iraq. In the GC, he was Chairman of the Media Committee. He played an integral role in the founding of Iraqi Telecoms and Media Commission and the Public Broadcasting Institution. He also held positions on the Security, Finance, and Foreign Relations Committees.